What Your Pediatrician Wishes You Knew

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Darshak Sanghavi MD on May 20, 2009 at 10:19AM

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Frequent Visits

a Darshak Sanghavi MD on May 20, 2009 at 10:19AM

Odds are that you’ll make almost two dozen trips to your doctor for routine checkups and occasional sick visits before your child turns 3 years old. That may sound like a lot of time but, in general, doctors spend only a few minutes in a typical visit talking to parents. One study found that the average doctor spends only 60 seconds at each visit giving routine parenting guidance on important topics like seat-belt use and infant feeding.

That’s why it’s important to know a few secrets so you can take full advantage of your child's doctor visit. Read on for recommendations every mom should consider.

—Dr. Darshak Sanghavi

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